The skippers and representatives of the six entries in the Oryx Cup flew out of Qatar on the 8 May, happy in the knowledge that The Oryx Cup is now full steam ahead.
Tony BULLIMORE, Team Daedalus reflected on the conference saying, "We had no idea what to expect when we arrived here in Qatar but the past two days have been fantastic. We have been given all the information we need about The Oryx Cup and the quality of the conference has been absolutely superb. We now have the confidence to go back to the UK and find the sponsorship we need to get to the start line next year."
The teams arrived in Doha on 5 May courtesy of the national carrier Qatar Airways and spent the day relaxing at the Marriott Hotel before sampling a little local hospitality in the evening. The conference was attended by all the teams, the Maiden Ocean Racing Qatar (MORQ) team and the Qatar 2006 crew. Tracy EDWARDS MBE opened the conference explaining how the vision of The Oryx Cup had become a reality over the past six months.
"Since the announcement in the UK on the 14 October last year MORQ has been working extremely hard in Qatar to lay the groundwork and the structure for this exciting event. We have worked closely with Qatar Sports International and many other bodies in Qatar to get us to where we are today. There has been much to do to ensure that The Oryx Cup is the best sailing event in the world but my team have worked tirelessly towards that vision. Today, seeing all these teams here is, for all of us, a reward for that hard work and determination."
Alan GREEN, Race Director went though the preliminary Notice of Race with the competitors explaining that this was the framework for the rules and that contributions from the teams would be welcome. "This is your event."
he concluded, "and we want to get it right for all of us. We have come together to ensure that we have great events for these great boats and if we work together as team, we will be taking the next step towards that goal".
The VIP lunch sponsored by HSBC and hosted by General Manager Kevin SMORTHWAITE, was attended by The Qatar Marine Federation, Qatar Sports International, Qatar Tourism Authority and other Qatari dignitaries.
Mike NOEL-SMITH, MORQ Operations Director, "We wish to thank HSBC for all their support and assistance behind the scenes over the past six months and for sponsoring this splendid lunch today. Thank you to QSI, Qatar Marine Federation and QTA for their enthusiasm and their hard work. We could not have done this without you"
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